Centenary Of Indian Cinema

Nargis Is The First and Only Actress To Win Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Popular film actress Nargis, mother of present-day actor Sanjay Dutt and wife of eminent Indian actor and politician Sunil Dutt, is India’s ‘First’ and the ‘Only’ actress to date to win the prestigious Best Actress Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Award. She won the award for her powerhouse and gigantic performance in Mehboob Khan‘s film Mother India (1957). It may…

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‘Do Aankhen Barah Haath’ Is India’s First Film To Win A Hollywood ‘Golden Globe Award

Film legend V Shantaram is regarded as one of the pillars of Indian cinema. His film Do Aankhen Barah Haath has the distinction of being the first Hindi feature film to win the prestigious Golden Globe award under the Samuel Goldwyn category. It may be noted that the Golden Globe Awards are America’s most prestigious award presented by the Hollywood…

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Lata Mangeshkar’s First Hit Song was Aayega Aanewala….

Aayega, Aayega, Aayega… Aayega Aanewala …. This timeless song from Kamal Amrohi‘s all-time classic film Mahal (1949) took the nation by storm and played a lion’s share in making Lata Mangeshkar popular. Composed by music director Khemchand Prakash the song became a national chartbuster and key reason for the huge success of the film Mahal. People saw the film repeatedly…

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Deepika Padukone’s ‘Chhapaak’ Declared Tax Free; ‘Jhanak Jhanak Payal Baaje’ Is India’s First Tax Free Film!!

Entertainment as per the Seventh Schedule of the Constitution of India is taxable!! The Entertainment Tax is charged to increase the revenue source for the state governments. Thus the tax differs from state to state. For instance, in Maharashtra, the Entertainment Tax is 45% and for the regional Marathi film, the Entertainment Tax is Zero. The Maximum Entertainment Tax is…

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India’s First Film To Show Kissing Scene Was Silent Film ‘Bilat Ferat’

A few decades back a kiss scene in Indian cinema created a hullabaloo! The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) would either cut the kissing scenes during film censorship or would shorten the length of the scene and award an Adult Certificate to the film. However, with changing times things have changed and now depicting Intimate or erotic kissing scenes…

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‘Hanste Aansoo’ – India’s First Film To Receive ‘A’ Certificate

Nowadays films with ‘A’ Certificate hold no sense. Forget cinema halls, these days vulgarity and obscenity has reached the drawing rooms thanks to web TV series.  However, a few decades back a film with ‘A’ Certificate raised eyebrows and created much anxiety. For the present generation let me explain what does a film with ‘A’ Certificate meant. According to the…

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Shammi Kapoor’s ‘Junglee’ Brought A Revolution In Indian Cinema with Eastmancolor

Technicolor was a costly matter mostly because the prints have to be developed in London but the quality of rich color was stunning and impressive hence mostly big-budget films made by top filmmakers were made in Technicolor but every filmmaker could effort the cost of Technicolor hence an American company Eastman Kodak launched Eastmancolor that created sensations in color films…

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